our elders and their wives

  • Pat Cottrell   roundedemail


    Pat attended Cal Poly San Luis Obispo where he met both Christ as his Savior and his beloved wife, Camilla. Both have brought to him a life of joy, passion, and purpose. Pat graduated from Cal Poly with his BS in mechanical engineering in 1977 and was commissioned in the US Army. He served in the US Army for six years, three in Germany and three as a Special Forces A-team leader. He went into full time vocational ministry in 1983, received his M.Div. from The Master’s Seminary in 1991, and was called as pastor of Calvary Baptist in 1990. Pat strives to faithfully shepherd believers to radically follow Jesus Christ and mobilize them to make disciples of their neighbors and the nations. He and Camilla are the grateful, growing parents of eleven children and 23 grandchildren (and counting).

  • Dennis cole


    Dennis Cole became a follower of Jesus Christ during his senior year of high school in 1989. He and his wife Christine have adopted 5 kids - Mario, Melissa, Pete, Phineas, and Phoebe and have been foster parents for 11 kids. They began attending Calvary Baptist Huntington Beach in 1993. Dennis has served on the missions committee, nominating committee, and as a deacon for many years at Calvary, and is currently elder liaison to the deacons. Dennis plays his guitar and sings on the Sunday Morning Worship Team and Wednesday Youth Group.  He and Christine host the Calvary Amplify Young Adult Bible Study in their home every Friday Night. Their deepest desire is to bring God the glory in their home and community.​ 


    Dennis served as an English teacher and school principal for 21 years before becoming the Director of Partnerships and Operations for the Orange County Department of Education. He is an executive board member for Association of California School Administrators, Junior Achievement Orange County, Boy Scouts Orange County Council, Fountain Valley Schools Foundation Board, Fountain Valley Community Foundation, Vanguard University Teacher Education Advisory Council, Concordia University Dean's Advisory Council, the Orange County Sheriff's DUILA Board and Schools First Federal Credit Union President's Advisory Council.

  • Ken Dean


    Dr. Ken Dean is a native Californian. He spent his early years growing up in the San Fernando Valley. He accepted Jesus as his Savior at the age of 12, thanks in part to the influence of his Godly parents and to his Christian teachers at school. Later, he attended Pepperdine University in Malibu, CA, earning a B.S. in Sports Medicine and a B.A. in Economics. After completing his undergraduate work, Ken attended the Los Angeles College of Chiropractic earning both his Doctor of Chiropractic Degree (D.C.) as well as earning post graduate certification as a Certified Chiropractic Sports Physician (C.C.S.P.). After practicing Chiropractic for many years, Ken decided that his love was teaching high school students. After earning his teaching credential at Azusa Pacific University, he is now a teacher of Human Anatomy and Physiology as well as Biology at Long Beach Polytechnic High School. Ken met Beth Showalter while attending the Long Beach Church of Christ, and the two were married in 1996. The Lord later blessed them with four wonderful children: Elisa, Kyle, Rachel, and Micah.

  • Eric eismann


    Eric learned of Jesus at elementary school age, but didn’t develop a personal relationship with Him or walk with Him. He pursued his career, instead. While working in Hong Kong, Eric met his wife Reiko and they were married. Together, they have lived in Saudi Arabia, Florida and now southern California. Along the way, they  came to a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Eric, Reiko and their two sons are active members of Calvary Baptist Church and Eric also serves with the Gideons International Ministry. He enjoys sharing the good news of Jesus Christ with those who need to hear it. 

  • dave glover


    David grew up in Huntington Beach and has attended Calvary Baptist his entire life.  However, it wasn't until he was seventeen that he came to faith in Christ after hearing the Word faithfully preached week after week. In 1985 he married Sheri, a fellow member of Calvary, and has been blessed with three children and six grandchildren. After high school, David worked as a machinist in his family's business for over 30 years. David earned a B.A. (2007) and M.A. (2010) in Philosophy from Cal State Long Beach, and currently works as a lathe production supervisor for a manufacturer in Irvine, CA. 



    Ryan has spent his entire life here at Calvary Baptist. His family moved here shortly before he was born and they quickly connected with their new church family. Thanks to the influence of his parents and various people within the congregation, Ryan accepted Christ when he was 10 years old. It was here at Calvary that Ryan met Trish in the 5th grade. They have been married for 25 years and have raised their adventurous kids, Martine and Jake, while attending here.

    Ryan has worked in the Insurance Industry for over 20 years. He enjoys serving in the CBCHB High School Ministry and cherishes his gatherings with his Life Group friends. He loves spending time with his family traveling, playing games and laughing together.

  • Ryan Sutherland


    (bio to follow)

  • jere vandewalle


    Jere came to know Jesus as Savior and Lord as a young man just starting out as a husband and father, and he has followed Christ ever since. Jere and his wife Robyn count 6 children, one son-in-law, and 2 grandchildren as blessings from God. His career in the event business started at Disneyland where he worked special events and promotions, tours, and entertainment support. Now Jere works for a trade show contractor as a Senior Account Manager. He is involved in several ministries here at CBCHB including Membership, Partners in Education, Youth, teaching Classes at Calvary, driving the church bus and sometimes sharing the message on a Sunday.  Jere has a degree in Geography from CSU Fullerton and enjoys the outdoors, hiking, travel, and having all of his family together.